Zain Invests US$420 million to Launch Mobile Services in Ghana

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Zain will invest US$420 million in its new network in Ghana and for the first time will be offering 3.5G services to its customers.

Zain Ghana's network will offer its customers ultra high-speed internet access and for the first time in Ghana the ability to make video-calls and use rich multimedia content including the ability to send video clips, music and pictures at the touch of a button.

Last week marked the launch in the country's capital city, Accra with the disclosure that Zain has invested over US$ 420 million to date in rapidly rolling out the network across the country

The launch of its Ghana operation brings the number of countries in which Zain's award winning 'One Network' service coverage map to 17. 'One Network' Zain's borderless mobile service is available to over half a billion people across the Middle East and Africa - an area greater than the United States of America . One Network offers Zain customers favourable rates, free of roaming surcharges for cross-border communications.

Ghanaian Zain customers now have access to One Network service and can travel freely with their phones through Burkina Faso , Democratic Republic of the Congo , Gabon , Kenya , Nigeria , Niger , Tanzania and Uganda . The company said there are plans to make the service fully operational in all other Zain countries by the end of the year.

Prior to the launch Zain Ghana undertook a highly successful pre-registration campaign allowing aspiring customers to be the first recipients of a Zain mobile number. The operation will have numerous Customer Contact points including walk-in Centres that will be open till 8pm and Call Centres which are open twenty four hours, seven days a week. The state-of-the-art Call Centre will offer service in English and two of the most widely spoken local groups of languages in West Africa , Akan and Hausa.

Daily Independent Lagos 23 December 2008